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Don't let a holiday celebration get ruined by a DWI

The holidays are a festive time that typically include a lot of parties and family gatherings. They are also a time when local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for people who have over-indulged and may be driving under the influence of alcohol.

Don't let too much celebrating ruin your holiday season. Conservative estimates indicate that - once you include the costs for fines, legal fees, increased insurance premiums and other expenses - a conviction for a first-offense DUI can cost you upwards of $10,000. That figure doesn't even take into account the impact the conviction might have on your ability to do your job or other consequences associated with a DWI.

Understanding your rights can help to avoid a conviction

In the event that you are arrested on suspicion of a DWI, the first thing you should know is that your arrest does not automatically mean you will be convicted. There are many different defense strategies that can be used to overcome drunk driving charges, and a good attorney can help to minimize the impact.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the initial traffic stop, the accuracy of the roadside and chemical testing, the handling of the evidence and other aspects of the prosecution's case can be challenged. In many cases, a good defense lawyer may even be able to get certain evidence suppressed.

Do not wait to seek legal advice if you are facing charges for drunk driving. Your very future could be at stake, and choosing the right attorney can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

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